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When you first spotted that killer pencil skirt on the rack at Nordstrom, you couldn’t wait to wear it to work. But eight uncomfortable hours (plus lunch) later, all you can think about is switching to sweats. Here, seven totally work-appropriate outfits that feel as good as they look.

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KIMONO JACKET + STRETCH FLARE PANTS + OBI SASH BELT

This layered look is ideal for concealing pesky problem areas (hips! muffin top!) while still looking totally chic. Add an adjustable belt (in this case, one you can tie) to accentuate your waist without majorly constricting your middle.

Get the look: H&M kimono ($25); Target pants ($30); New York & Company belt ($15)

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MIDI SKIRT + UNTUCKED BUTTON-DOWN SHIRT + SILK SCARF

Proof: A button-down shirt doesn’t have to be tucked in (and formal) to look chic. Throw on a printed neck scarf to draw the eyes up and let the rest of your body relax.

Get the look: Halogen blouse ($40); Theory skirt ($185); Urban Outfitters scarf ($14)

RELATED: 10 Fresh Ways to Wear a Silk Scarf

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RAYON BLOUSE + PLEATED MIDI SKIRT

If you really want the key to office comfort, it's in your fabric selections. Fluid silks and rayons will drape effortlessly and keep you from fidgeting all day.

Get the look: Tommy Hilfiger blouse ($140); J.Crew skirt ($80)

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DROP-WAIST DRESS + MOTO JACKET + ANKLE BOOTIES

Think of this flowy frock as PJs in dress form. Add a moto jacket (shoulder drape optional) and chic ankle boots to dress it up for daytime. 

Get the look: Junarose dress ($57); Topshop jacket ($90); Chinese Laundry booties ($60) 

RELATED: Sorry But You’re Wearing Your Ankle Boots Wrong

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TAILORED PANTS + CASHMERE PONCHO + SLIM SWEATER

A stylish pair of slacks takes this seemingly couch-appropriate look to the office with ease. The trick to pulling off a roomy top is making sure whatever you wear on the bottom is fitted (like these gingham pants). A layered sweater (or button-down) beneath also adds a bit of structure to the overall look.

Get the look: J. McLaughlin pants ($188), poncho ($218) and sweater ($188)

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DENIM SHIRT DRESS + LONG BLAZER + STUDDED BELT

Should your office allow for denim dresses, pump up the professionalism by throwing a tailored (better yet: colorful) blazer on top. The jacket will feel like a cozy wrap--forgiving any mid-afternoon slouching. But the belt?s there to remind you to stand up straight when the boss drops by. 

Get the look: NIC+ZOE dress ($148); Elizabeth and James blazer ($465); ASOS belt ($25)

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OXFORD SHIRT + CROPPED WHITE JEANS + NUDE SANDALS

This summery combo takes two seconds (plus ironing time) to put together and will have you feeling comfy and polished all Casual Friday long. The trick is to make sure you?re wearing denim with stretch and a top that you can cuff and blouse. (Having those options is clutch if the AC is cranking and/or you ate a big lunch.)

Get the look: J.Crew top ($70); Loft jeans ($70); Steve Madden sandals ($80)

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